Wednesday, October 23, 2019






Spanish Fort’s Keshock Sparks Defending 6A State Champs to Shrimp Fest Invitational Title

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 8

MONTGOMERY – Senior setter Kayla Keshock had 202 assists as Spanish Fort (55-6) claim 10 volleyball match wins last week, including claiming the championship of the Shrimp Fest Invitational Tourney at Gulf Shores. Her effort captured the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 8 of the 2019 regular season.
    The tourney featured many of the AHSAA’s strongest programs and was an excellent tune-up for the AHSAA state volleyball playoffs which get underway next week with area tournament play. All area tourney brackets can be found at in the volleyball section of the in-season sports box located on the front of the website.
     The Toros will be hosting the Class 6A, Area 2 tourney October 22. Classes 1A, 3A, 4A and 5A will conduct area tournaments on Monday, October 21, while Classes 2A, 6A and 7A will hold area tournaments next Tuesday. The winner and runner-up from each area tourney will advance to either the South or North Super Regional Volleyball Championships at Montgomery’s Cramton Bowl Multiplex (South) and the Von Braun Center in Huntsville (North). The top four teams in each class at the Super Regionals will then advance to the 49th AHSAA Elite Eight State Volleyball Championships set for the Birmingham CrossPlex and Bill Harris Arena October 31 – November 1.
    Spanish Fort beat Daphne, Buckhorn, Hartselle, Curry, Lawrence County, Guntersville, St. Luke’s, Buckhorn, St. Paul’s Episcopal and Hartselle again in the finals to win the tourney title. Keshock, a Samford University commitment, also had 36 digs, 13 kills, 13 blocks and 17 service aces on the week as she continued to show why she is considered one of the state’s top all-around players in the AHSAA.  Senior libero Meg Brackhan added 124 digs, senior Avery Rodgers had 95 kills, 15 blocks and 50 digs, and junior Kamble Franette totaled 55 kills, 82 digs, eight blocks and 18 service aces for Coach Gretchen Boykin.
The Shrimp Fest Invitational was one of several tournaments that provided a glimpse of what fans can expect in the post-season. Class 7A Mountain Brook’s Grace Carr had 96 kills as the Class 7A Lady Spartans (50-7) won nine straight matches last week on the way to also winning the prestigious Margaret Blalock Invitational volleyball tournament at Homewood on Saturday to climax the week.
    Carr also had 87 digs, seven service aces and three blocks. Liz Vandevelde also had 116 digs and Mary Katherine Fowlkes contributed 49 kills and three blocks. Mountain Brook beat defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic in the semifinals and downed rival Hoover in the finals.
   At Athens, Jordan Gilbert had 28 blocks and 24 kills to lead defending Class 5A state champion Jasper (53-8) to 10 straight match wins and the championship of Athens Invitational tourney. The 10 wins extended the current win streak to 19 matches for the Vikings of Coach Bobby Daniels. Jasper also got a big week from setter Temperance Chatman, who dished out 90 assists, and McKinley Ferguson, who had 41 kills, nine blocks and 14 service aces in five tourney wins.
   In other top performances reported:

AMBER ASKEW, GRISSOM: Had 81 assists in five matches, going over 1,000 assists for her career at the Margaret Blalock Invitational in the process. She also had 18 digs in the tourney.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Had 95 kills and five blocks to lead the Golden Eagles to eight wins in nine matches last week. Athens reached the finals of its own tourney falling to  defending Class 5A state champion Jasper in the championship match.
GABBI ESSIX, HOOVER: Totaled 64 kills in eight matches as the Lady Bucs (29-13) went 6-2 for the week, including reaching the finals of the Margaret Blalock Invitational.
AMELIA BOYKIN, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 132 assists as the Dirty Dozen (30-8) went 5-1 on the week.
GRACE LEIGHTON, HARTSELLE: Helped the Tigers (54-9) reach the finals of the Shrimp Fest tournament at Gulf Shores with 172 assists, 48 digs and 10 service aces over nine matches on the week. Hartselle finished 7-2 overall.
HANNAH DAVIS, SAND ROCK: Recorded 52 kills and had 72 digs as Sand Rock (31-9) won six matches and captured the Glencoe Invitational tourney championship.
JACI PARKER, REHOBETH: Had 38 kills, 13 service aces, 12 digs and 11 blocks as Rehobeth (19-5), which struggled in pool play, emerged to win the Ashford Invitational tourney. The Rebels beat Class 6A Dothan and host Ashford in the semifinals and finals.
DARIAN BELL, ASHFORD: Had 47 kills and 13 service aces in four matches to held Ashford (16-7) finish as runner-up in the Yellow Jackets’ own tourney.
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Had 140 assists, 32 digs and 15 aces in eight matches as the Bucks finished 5-3 for the week.
BAYLIE CRIM, ST. PAUL’S EPISCOPAL: Helped the Saints (26-11) go 7-1 on the week with 154 assists and 36 digs in the eight matches.
MERRITT BEASON, GARDENDALE: Recorded 17 kills in a win over McAdory. She also had nine digs and three service aces in the match.
KAILEY ARMSTRONG, MUSCLE SHOALS: Managed 61 kills, 43 digs and 13 service aces as the Trojans (31-15) won seven matches during the week.
KRISTEN MITTERNIGHT, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 81 digs and 44 assists as the Rams (35-9) went 8-1 for the week and won the Silver Bracket title at the Shrimp Fest Invitational at Gulf Shores.
LUCI WILKINSON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Totaled 113 digs and 25 aces as the defending Class 4A state champion Admirals (42-9) won seven of eight matches to reach the semifinals of the Margaret Blalock Invitational at Homewood.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 85 kills, 78 digs and 11 aces as the Eagles went 3-3 for the week.
IVIE GIBBONS, CARBON HILL: Provided 145 assists and 36 digs for Carbon Hill (27-20) in eight matches on the week.

Jasper Rolls to the Championship of the Don Drummond Family Volleyball Tourney Title

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 7

MONTGOMERY – defending AHSAA Class 5A state volleyball champion Jasper High School rolled to 10 straight match wins last week as Coach Bobby Daniels’ Vikings rolled to the championship of their own Don Drummond Family Invitational tournament.
    Appearing in top-season form, Jasper didn’t drop a single set in the tourney to climb into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for week seven of the 2019 season.
     The Vikings beat
Mortimer Jordan, John Carroll, Hayden and Guntersville in regular season play, and then won the third annual Drummond Family Invitational beating Arab, Austin, Buckhorn, Northridge, Homewood and Buckhorn again for the title.
     McKinley Ferguson had 12 aces and 47 kills, Alex Oliver had 10 aces, 42 kills and 23 digs, and Temperance Chatman had 105 assists.
     Jasper (44-8) has won 11 matches in a row since falling to Mountain Brook in the Over the Mountain Invitational two weeks ago. This weekend, Daniels takes his team to Athens for the Athens Invitational. The 12-team tourney includes Ardmore, Athens, Brooks, Central-Florence, East Limestone, Elkmont, Florence, Haleyville, James Clemens, Jasper, Lindsay Lane and Rogers.
     The 31st annual Margaret Blalock Invitational Tournament at Homewood gets underway Friday at Homewood will have a powerful field of many of the AHSAA’s top programs – all striving to reach their peak heading into the post season which gets underway with area tourney play Oct. 21 and 222.
    The 19-team field, as usual, is loaded with programs that battle for state championships year after year. In fact, the field can claim at least 89 past state titles to their credit with defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic and defending Class 4A state champion Bayside Academy leading the way. The Dirty Dozen have 21 state titles to their credit and the Lady Admirals have won 27 – including 17 in a row.
    Other schools in the field with past state titles include Huntsville (11), Hazel Green (8), Grissom (6), Ramsay (5), Mountain Brook (3), Thompson (3), Homewood (2) Madison Academy (2) and Bob Jones (1). All four Class 7A schools reaching the 2018 Elite Eight state tourney semifinals will be competing: McGill, Hoover, Bob Jones and Mountain Brook.
    Last weekend was a big weekend for tournaments around the state and a big weekend for players who emerged to lead their teams to titles.
    Among the top performances reported were:

BAILEY DREW McINTYRE, CHELSEA: Had 187 assists and 53 digs to lead the Class 6A Hornets (42-2) to eight straight wins and the championship of the Old Shell Road Invitational volleyball tournament at Mobile.  Teammate Victoria Schmer added 96 digs and Zoe LaBreche had 70 kills. Chelsea bear Spanish Fort in the finals.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Dished out 140 assists and teammate Macie Williams had 55 kills as the Panthers (35-11) went 6-1 on the week and won the Etowah County tournament for the 11th straight year. Southside was 3-0 in the tourney with two wins over Hokes Bluff and one over Sardis.
REESE COLBURN, MORTIMER JORDAN: Sparked the Blue Devils (31-9) to a 6-2 record over eight matches, including four victories in the Jefferson County Tournament en route to the championship match win over Gardendale. She had 51 kills and 11 digs while teammates MaKensie Glenn and Madeline Snow added 29 and 28 kills, respectively. Glenn also had 20 blocks and Snow had 17.Haylee Roberts had 71 assists, 18 digs and seven service aces.
CAMERON LOVELL, BROOKS: Returned to the lineup in a big way after missing 25 matches this season. She had 78 kills, 89 digs and 19 aces as the Lions (18-25) reached the finals of the Lauderdale County tournament. Brooks lost to Wilson in the championship match.
LENNON McANNALLY, PRATTVILLE CHRISTIAN: Went 6-0 without dropping a single set to capture the Elmore County Block Party tournament championship as McAnnally collected 43 kills, 32 digs and 16 service aces. PCA beat Alabama Christian in the finals.

ASHLYN CONNER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Helped the Raiders (19-9) go 4-0 in the Goshen Invitational to win the tourney championship. She had 120 assists, nine kills and seven aces. Teammate Caroline Nelson also had 12 aces.
MEG BRACKHAN, SPANISH FORT: The defensive specialist had 120 digs and eight series aces to help the Toros (45-6) win seven of eight matches. Spanish Fort’s only loss was to Chelsea in the finals of the Battle of Old Shell Road tourney.”
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Handed out 180 assists, had 42 digs and nine aces as the Bucks (36-13) won six of eight matches. Both losses were to Jasper in the Don Drummond Family Invitational hosted by the defending Class 5A state champion Vikings. The final loss came in the championship match.
OLIVIA BROWN, HOMEWOOD: Had 40 kills and 39 blocks as the Patriots (26-8) went 5-2 on the week and reached the semifinals of the Don Drummond Family Invitational at Jasper. MADALYN HOLLADAY, DANVILLE: Led the Hawks (32-9) to the finals of the Morgan County Tourney with 44 kills and 35 digs. Savanah Free also had 163 assists. Danville lost to Hartselle in the finals.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II CATHOLIC: Totaled 55 kills, an average of 27.5 per match, in wins over Priceville and Madison County.
PARIS MORRIS, SPAIN PARK: Served 15 aces and had 29 kills as the Jags (28-13) beat Hewitt-Trussville and Mountain Brook.
SKYLER BUMPERS, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 20 kills, six blocks and 11 digs in wins over Foley and Pensacola Catholic for the defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (24-7).
ADELINE BARNES, BOB JONES: Totaled 166 assists and 34 digs as the Patriots went 7-1 in matches last week.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators (28-10) go 4-1 for the week with 51 kills in the five matches.
ZOE ATKINSON, OAK MOUNTAIN: Led the Eagles (26-12) to a 5-2 record overall, including going 2-2 in the Metarie Park Country Day School Invitational at New Orleans. She had 28 kills, 23blocks and eight services aces.

RACHEL MORRISETTE, BAKER: Registered 30 kills on 45 attempts with just four errors as Baker (15-11) beat Mary Montgomery and St. Paul’s Episcopal in regular-season matches.
MARY MORGAN FORMBY, NORTHRIDGE: Had 70 kills, 36 assists and 30 digs as Northridge went 4-2 in six matches for the week.
AALIYAH AUSTIN, FAITH ACADEMY: Totaled 68 kills and six blocks in seven matches for the Rams.
MIKEA ALLEN, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 150 assists as Brew Tech won three matches over Carver-Montgomery, Enterprise and Saint James.
KEYSTON HENDERSON, CROSSVILLE: Totaled 57 kills and 37 digs in four matches as the Lions went 5-1 for the week.
HAVEN HALL, GERALDINE: Had 31 kills, 10 blocks, seven digs and four aces as Geraldine (25-7) beat Oneonta, Crossville and Ider.

HANNAH DAVIS, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats (25-9) to four wins with 42 kills, 48 digs and seven aces for the week.
ALLI TEMPLE, PHILLIPS: Had 22 assists and 17 kills as the Bears (21-14) downed Belgreen in a key Class 1A match in northwest Alabama.

Bayside Coach Ann Schilling Become First AHSAA Volleyball Coach to Reach 1,500 Wins


MONTGOMERY – Bayside Academy (34-8) was 4-1 in the strong field at the Over the Mountain volleyball tournament held at Hoover last weekend.
   More significantly, the Admirals posted the 1,500th coaching victory of Coach Ann Schilling’s legendary career and landed in the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 6 of the 2019 season.
     Schilling, who was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2018, finished the weekend with a 1,502-407 career record. The defending Class 4A state champion Admirals posted wins over Etowah (GA), Class 5A Jasper and Class 7A powers Vestavia Hills and Thompson before falling 2-1 to host and tourney champion Class 7A Hoover in the semifinals.
     The state’s volleyball coaching career wins leader is now in a most elite group of one as the only high school volleyball coach in the AHSAA to reach the 1,500-match victory milestone.  Earlier this season, Montgomery Academy Coach Julie Gordon coached her 1,400th career match win at Montgomery Academy, joining Schilling and retired coaches Glenda Wright and Tammy Richardson reaching that exclusive milestone.
       Bayside has won 17 straight AHSAA state volleyball titles dating back to 2002 and have won 24 state championships over a 27-year period since 1992. Schilling’s program has won titles in Class 1A, 2A, 3A, and last year, in Class 4A. Victory No. 1,500 came against the defending Class 5A state champion Jasper Vikings last weekend.

      Jacque Martin and Emily Buhl led Bayside at the Over-the-Mountain tourney. Martin had 36 kills, four aces, four blocks and 27 digs and Buhl recorded six aces, 26 kills and 27 digs.
     Hoover (22-10) went 5-1 in the tourney to win the championship. The Bucs avenged a pool-play loss to 7A rival Mountain Brook with a victory in the championship match.
     The Class 7A third-ranked Bucs beat the Spartans 2-1 in the title match after falling to the Spartans 2-0 earlier in pool play at the tournament.
    Rya McKinnon led Hoover with 113 kills for the week, including 24 in the tourney win over Spain Park. She went over the 1,000-kill mark for her career in the tourney win over Baker.

Other top performances reported include:

ALLY McCOLLUM, PHILLIPS: Had 61 kills and seven blocks to spark the Bears (19-14) to the championship of the Marion County Tournament. Phillips beat Hackleburg twice and Meek in regular season play and then beat Marion County twice, Hackleburg, Hamilton and Winfield twice for the title after losing to the Pirates earlier in the tournament.

GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Led the Trojans (44-5) to the 10 match wins, including the championship of the Kentucky Challenge Invitational tourney at Lexington (KY). She had 81 kills, 42 digs, 14 blocks and five aces in the tourney with a career-high 17 digs in a win over Tate Creek (KY).
KAYLA KESHOCK, SPANISH FORT: Led the Toros (38-5) to nine match wins with 163 assists, 40 digs, 27 kills, 11 blocks and 12 aces as Spanish Fort won the Harvest Fest Invitational at Boaz. The Toros beat Hartselle in the finals. Teammate Avery Rodgers contributed 88 kills and 21 aces.

IMANI NICHOLSON, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Helped the defending Class 7A state champion Dirty Dozen (22-7) finish third in the Southern Invitational at Atlanta with 59 kills and 28 digs in seven matches.
MARY GRAY TURNER, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Had 36 kills and 13 digs and teammate Millie Stevenson dished out 115 assists and the Eagles (28-5) went 6-0 to win the Danville Tournament of Champions.
ANSLEY DEAN, MONTGOMERY CATHOLIC: Had 50 kills in two match wins over Prattville Christian and LAMP for the Lady Knights.
BAILEY DREW McINTYRE, CHELSEA: Had 158 assists, 49 digs and 21 aces as the Hornets (34-2) went 8-0 for the week and 5-0 to win its own September Slamfest tourney. Chelsea beat Brewbaker Tech in the finals.
ANNA CLARE HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Had 194 assists, 49 digs, 27 kills and 12 aces as the Lady Devils (30-11) were 8-3 for the week. Two losses were to defending 5A and 6A state champs Jasper and Spanish Fort.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Posted 57 kills, 63 digs and four aces as the Spartans won six of seven matches last week. Teammate Vandevelde had 133 assists.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 29 kills and 34 digs in three matches for the Senators (24-9).
MAKENNA LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 213 assists as the Rebels (24-3) posted six wins in seven matches.
MACKENZIE BLACKWOOD, WINSTON COUNTY: had 132 KILLS, 19 service aces and 54 digs as the Yellow Jackets went 7-2 for the week.
AMBER ASKEW, GRISSOM: Dished out 72 assists and recorded five blocks and four aces in two match wins for the Tigers (22-12) over Danville and Guntersville.
AINSLEY SCHULTZ, VESTAVIA HILLS: Served a near-perfect 93 percent with 17 aces and just six errors in 88 attempts in seven matches for the Rebels. She also had 127 assists, 70 digs and six blocks.
HAVEN HALL, GERALDINE: Had 50 blocks and 55 kills as Geraldine (22-7) posted five wins in seven matches.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Had 82 kills as the Aggies went 7-2 overall and 4-1 in the Harvest Fest Tourney.
STEPHANIE SHARP, BUCKHORN: Totaled 100 assists as the Bucks (29-11) went 4-1 in five matches.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Totaled 96 kills and seven blocks in nine matches for the Golden Eagles (19-13).
McKINLEY FERGUSON, JASPER: Led the Class 5A Vikings (34-8) to seven wins in nine matches with 84 assists, 54 kills and 19 services aces.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 148 assists and 18 digs in eight matches for the Panthers (29-10), which went 6-2 for the week.
LOGAN HORNE, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 62 kills and 67 digs to lead Brew Tech to the finals of the SlamFest Tourney at Chelsea. Brewbaker (17-11) was 5-2 on the week.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 134 kills and 84 digs in 10 matches for the Eagles (30-6). She also served 10 aces and had 12 assists.
MADALYN HOLLADAY, DANVILLE: Posted 93 kills, 50 digs, 10 blocks and 10 aces as the Hawks (30-19) reached the finals of the Tournament of Champions hosted by Danville.
LAURA LEE KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORNCE: Had 155 digs and Ann Margaret Keener had 257 assists as Central went 7-4 for the week.


Mountain Brook Extends Streak to 20 in a Row with Championship of HeffStrong Invitational tourney

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 5

MONTGOMERY – Mountain Brook High School’s Spartans volleyball team extended its current win streak to 20 in a row last weekend by winning the HeffStrong Invitational tournament at Spain Park High School.
    The Spartans (34-5) of Coach Vickie Nichols won 11 matches in a row to win the 66-team Rocky Top Classic the previous weekend and followed with a regular-season victory over Hewitt-Trussville and six straight wins at the HeffStrong tourney. Mountain Brook didn’t lose a single set in the seven matches and beat host Spain Park in the finals.
     The dominating win streak catapulted Class 7A Mountain Brook into the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for week five of the 2019 season. Senior Grace Carr continued her strong play on the net with 54 kills, 40 digs and eight service aces. Senior teammate Hannah Hitson added 23 kills, seven blocks and seven aces, junior Celie Field also had 23 kills, five blocks, 30 digs and nine aces. Senior setter Ann Vandevelde, handed out 107 assists and also had 38 digs, five kills and three blocks in a strong all-around effort.
   The next major tournament for Mountain Brook will be the Margaret Blalock Invitational scheduled for Oct. 11-12.
    The Spartans’ team streak edged out a noteworthy milestone by Chelsea setter Bailey Drew McIntyre. She had 183 assists for the week and recorded the 1,000th assist of her career on Saturday in a win over Russell County at the Smiths Station Tourney. The Hornets (26-2) captured the championship later in the day beating Harris County (GA) in the finals. Chelsea was
8-1 on the week with wins over Vestavia Hills and Homewood in regular season play and victories over Valley, Smiths Station, Russell County, Shaw (Ga.), Central-Phenix City and Harris County in the tourney. McIntyre also had 63 digs and 25 service aces.




SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Won MVP honors leading the Aggies (21-4) to the Marshall County Tournament championship. She had 110 assists, 22 service aces, 16 kills and three blocks. Albertville, after losing to Arab in pool play, beat the Knights in the finals.
ANNA JOHNSON, ALEXANDRIA: The Valley Cubs’ setter turned in 152 assists, 46 digs, 20 aces and 15 kills as Alexandria (29-6) won eight matches to win the Brooks Invitational.

BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Handed out 150 assists and served seven aces as the Panthers (23-08) won the Champions Fall Fest Invitational and finished 7-1 on the week.
ABIGAIL WISTNER, MADISON ACADEMY: Totaled 110 assists, 61 kills, 79 digs and 17 aces as the Mustangs (27-10) went 8-2 on the week. Madison Academy won the Priceville Invitational going 8-0.
KARSEN KINMAN, HORSESHOE BEND: Had 29 assists as Horseshoe Bend won the Tallapoosa County tournament with wins over
Ranburne, Dadeville and Reeltown.
PAGE MORRIS, SPAIN PARK: Totaled 70 kills, 15 aces, seven blocks and 11 digs as the Jaguars went 8-1 for the week and finished runner-up in the HeffStrong Tourney.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Totaled 77 kills and 26 blocks as the defending Class 6A state champion Trojans (35-5) finished 6-1 and reached the finals of the WILLCO Invitational in Tennessee before falling to Greenwood (KY).
HAILEY HOLSEHOUSER, HARTSELLE: Had 99 digs and 72 kills as Hartselle (33-5) went 8-1 for the week, including 4-1 at the WILLCO Invitational tourney. Teammate Grace Leighton also had 192 assists and 15 aces.
ANN MARGARET KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: Passed out 256 assists, had 124 digs and 27 aces to lead Central to a 7-2 record and a strong showing in the Brooks Invitational.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 22 kills in a 25-21, 25-15, 25-20 setback to Houston Academy. She scored 39.3% of her team’s points just on her kill shots.
ASHLEY CONNER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Had 31 assists as the Raiders upset G.W. Long 3-0.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Had 30 kills and three service aces in two match wins as the Bucs beat Thompson and handed defending Class 5A state champion Jasper its first in-state
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Had 13 kills and nine service aces as the Senators (22-8) beat Austin.
ADELINE BARNES, BOB JONES: Helped the Patriots (16-8) go 4-2 at the HeffStrong tourney by notching 108 assists and 29 digs. Among the Bob Jones wins was a victory over defending Class 7A state champion McGill-Toolen Catholic.
KALLIE BURDEN, DESHLER: Totaled 74 kills and five blocks in the Brooks Invitational as the Tigers went 7-1 for the week.
ALI WIGGINS, ENTERPRISE: Helped the Wildcats go 3-1 at the HeffStrong Tournament with 21 assists and 15 kills.
KAYLIE WRIGHT, MUSCLE SHOALS: Had 92 kills and 12 aces in 10 matches as the Trojans (20-12) went 6-4 for the week.
KAROLINE STRIPLIN, GENEVA COUNTY: Led the Bulldogs to s 3-0 win over Houston County with nine service saves and eight kills.
COURTNEY STONE, DORA: Had 147 assists and 36 digs in nine matches for the Bulldogs.
KHLOE KIMBRELL, CURRY: Had 136 assists, 43 digs and 17 aces as Curry (35-6) went 9-1 on the week with the only loss coming to Southside-Gadsden at the Champions Fall Fest tourney.
MARISSA KOCH, ST. JOHN PAUL II: Had 113 kills and 14 aces in nine matches for the Falcons.

CALEY GARRETT, SAND ROCK: Led the Wildcats to five wins in seven matches with 120 digs and 10 aces.



Saint James Senior Lucy Edwards Sets AHSAA Match Record with 27 Aces in Win over Valley

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4

    MONTGOMERY – Lucy Edwards, a senior at Saint James, set an AHSAA record serving 27 aces in the Lady Trojans’ 3-0 victory over Valley September 10.  Her effort captured the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 4.
Her total also ranked sixth nationally. The 5-foot-3 setter for Coach Karen Lee scored 36% of her team’s points from the service box with the aces as Saint James won in straight sets 25-6, 25-2, 26-5.
    The single-match national record, accord to the NFHS Record Book, is 36, established by Maura Kelly of Caldwell High School vs. Newark West Side on September 19, 2003. The New Jersey prep standout’s record has stood for 16 years. Katie DeLay of Chattanooga’s Boyd Buchanan High School (2013), Lauren Deaton of Harding Academy (2017) in Memphis and Minnesota high schooler Mackenzie Luce of Lundington (2017) each had 32 services aces in a match to share second place.  Andrea Nachtrieb of Aurora Gateway High School in Colorado ranked fifth all-time with 28 in a match.
     The AHSAA previous record (10) was set by Lexie Bradley of Wilson in a match versus Central-Florence in 2013.

St. James (7-9) beat Valley and Beauregard last week as Lucy Edwards set a state record with 27 aces the win over Valley.

Edwards had 34 aces for the week, adding 25 assists and 11 digs while Danielle Greene had 18 kills.
     Edwards’ art of serving edged a couple of other top serving efforts for this week’s AHSAA Spotlight. Lincoln senior Taylor Lett served 25 straight points with eight aces during the stretch in a 25-0, 25-5 win over Childersburg. She finished the week with 11 aces as the Bears (21-7) went 4-0. Teammate Morgan Allison added 25 service aces. And at Horseshoe Bend, Kate Lewis had 15 service aces, 77 assists and 19 kills as the Generals won seven matches on the way to winning the Wadley Invitational tourney title.
      AHSAA teams had great success against out-of-state schools with Mountain Brook winning the 66-team Rocky Top Classic invitational at Sevierville (TN). McGill-Toolen Catholic also won the Catholic Cup tourney beating two defending state champions from Louisiana and one from Georgia in the process; and Thompson was 6-0 en route to the River City Classic tourney at Jacksonville (FL).


HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Earned MVP honors as the Dirty Dozen captured the Catholic Cup Tournament going 6-0 with wins over defending state champions Teurling Catholic (LA), St. Pius X (GA) and Mt. Carmel (LA) along with Father Ryan (TN), St. Joseph's (LA) and St. John Paul II of Huntsville. She had 59 kills, 34 digs, eight blocks and five service aces in the six wins.
KELSEY TANGLE, THOMPSON: Helped the Warriors win six matches, including the championship match at the River City Classic tourney in Jacksonville (FL), with 127 assists and 10 service aces.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Totaled 111 kills, 103 digs and 15 aces as the Spartans (27-5) won the 66-Team Rocky Top Classic tournament at Sevierville (TN). Teammate Ann Vandevelde also had 257 assists and Liz Vandevelde had 128 digs.
MACKENZIE YOAKUM, HOMEWOOD: Led Homewood (18-5) to eight straight wins, including the Husky Challenge tourney championship at Trussville. She had 43 kills and a 33.4% hitting percentage.
AVERY RODGERS, SPANISH FORT: Totaled 83 kills, 12 blocks and 37 digs as Spanish Fort (27-5) won nine matches last week. Among the victories were seven wins en route to the championship of the Battle of the Bay tourney. The Toros downed host and defending 4A state champion Bayside Academy in the finals. Teammate Kayla Keshock also had 159 assists, 66 kills, 59 digs, 21 blocks and nine service aces.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Had 114 kills, 41 digs, 15 blocks and seven aces as the Rebels (15-2) went 6-2 and reached the finals of the Enterprise Invitational tourney. Makenna Long dished out 260 assists for G.W. Long.
MACKENZIE MORRISON, GULF SHORES: Had 232 assists, 33 digs and 12 aces as the Dolphins (17-5) won the Battle of the Bridge tournament. Teammate Lauren Quigley had 123 kills, 84 digs, 20 blocks and 14 aces.
GRACE LEIGHTON, HARTSELLE: Had 115 assists and 31 digs as the Tigers (25-4) went 6-0 to win the Eddie Prueitt Invitational tourney. Hartselle beat Madison Academy in the championship match. Tori Hughes also had 90 digs.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 82 kills, 52 digs and 12 blocks to earn MVP honors as Curry went 6-1 on the week and won the Walker County Tournament.
ALLI WILLIAMS, ATHENS: Had 116 kills and seven blocks as Athens (14-8) went 7-2 in nine matches. The only loss came to East Limestone in the Elkmont Invitational tourney.
JESSICA CROSS, BROOKWOOD: Led the Panthers (11-3) to six wins, including going 4-0 in the McAdory Invitational to win the title. She had 28 kills, 14 blocks and 20 assists.

RYLEIGH HAMM, WETUMPKA: Had 47 kills and 65 digs as the Indians played six matches and won the Stanhope Elmore Invitational tourney.

ALY DURBAN, HOOVER: Had 166 assists in seven matches for the Bucs (13-9).
MORIAH SEAY, PRATTVILLE: Had 56 kills, 25 blocks and 14 aces as the Lions won seven of nine matches last week.
JUANITA MONTERIO-PAI, BOB JONES: Had 26 kills and 17 digs in two wins over Buckhorn and James Clemens for Bob Jones (12-6).
ANNA GRACE DAVIS, BUCKHORN: Had 95 digs as the Bucks (19-9) went 6-3 in nine matches. Five of the wins came over out-of-state teams.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Had 121 assists as the Panthers went 7-3 on the week. Southside lost to tourney champion Homewood in the semifinals of the Husky Challenge tourney.
ADLEIGH MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 146 assists, 49 digs and 13 aces as the Eagles (21-3) went 7-1. Providence’s only loss was to 7A Enterprise at the Enterprise Invitational.
SAVANAH FREE, DANVILLE: Totaled 159 assists, 33 digs, 10 kills and eight aces as the Hawks went 5-1 on the week.
ANN COBERN CHAPMAN, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: Helped the defending Class 3A state champion Eagles (19-4) win five of seven matches last week notching 40 kills and

Montgomery Academy Coach Julie Gordon Claims 1,400th Career Win with Victory over Spain Park

Setter Millie Stevenson Leads Eagles to AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight

MONTGOMERY – Senior setter Millie Stevenson couldn’t pass up the opportunity afforded the Defending Class 3A state champion Montgomery Academy volleyball team last week on a quick trip north to Shelby County.
    The Eagles faced Class 7A Thompson and Spain Park in in a tri-match falling to the Warriors 2-1 but beating Spain Park by the same score. That victory gave MA Coach Julie Gordon her 1,400th career volleyball coaching win – a milestone only four volleyball coaches in the AHSAA have accomplished.
    Montgomery Academy (15-2) returned home to roll through the Eagles’ own Mac Attack tourney with six straight wins to claim the tourney title. Stevenson, who had 130 assists, 44 digs, 14 kills and 10 blocks over the week, and Gordon share the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 2.
    Gordon, who had a 1,405-394 career coaching record following the Mac Attack tourney, joins an elite group of AHSAA volleyball coaches that include Ann Schilling of Bayside Academy and retired coached Glenda Wright and Tammy Richardson. Schilling, who has guided Bayside to 17 straight AHSAA state championships, is the state leader with 1,485 wins and 403 losses through last weekend’s action, according to volleyball historian Dennis Victory.
Montgomery Academy posted straight-set 2-0 wins in the Mac Attack tourney over Class 7A Mary Montgomery twice, Class 6A Benjamin Russell, Class 4A Montgomery Catholic, Class 3A Houston Academy, and Class 4A Providence Christian.  The win over PCA avenged a loss in the finals of the Mayor’s Cup tourney the week prior.

CATHERINE SMITH, HAZEL GREEN: The Lady Trojans (26-4) was 11-0 on the week with Smith, the team’s setter, dishing out 159 assists and 21 digs. Teammate Gracie Lynn Butler also had 72 kills and 13 blocks.
MERRITT BEASON, GARDENDALE: Totaled 67 kills in three matches and also had 29 digs and 10 service aces as the Rockets went 3-0.
JASMINE BROOKS, SPARKMAN: Helped the Senators (19-7) go 9-1for the week with 115 kills and 67 digs in 10 matches.
ELLIE PATE, AUBURN: Recorded 63 kills, 45 digs, 10 blocks and 14 service aces as the Tigers (16-8) won eight matches for the week. Auburn also won its own Party on the Plain tourney going 6-0.
HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Had 39 kills, 10 digs and five blocks as the Dirty Dozen beat Spanish Fort and Hoover in two matches.

NATALIE ZABER, PRATTVILLE: Led the Lions (16-8) to a 7-1 record on the week with 69 kills, 50 digs and 21 blocks on the week.

KAMBLE FRENETTE, SPANISH FORT: Had 51 kills, 16 digs and five blocks as the Toros (18-5) went 7-1 and won the Fairhope Back-to-School Bash tourney.
JAYDEN WATKINS, ALBERTVILLE: Had 15 kills and three blocks in a win over Mortimer Jordan as the Aggies (13-0) remained unbeaten.
HAILEY HOLSHOUSER, HARTSELLE: Had 30 kills, 38 digs and three service aces in three matches for the Tigers (16-4).
JESSICA CROSS, BROOKWOOD: Had 30 kills and 10 blocks in two matches.
ALEX OLIVER, JASPER: Helped the defending Class 5A state champion Vikings (21-2) win three matches over Hoover Lawrence County and Russellville. She had 32 kills 18 digs and four blocks.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Had 245 assists, 54 kills, 64 digs, 17 blocks and 13 aces as the Rams (18-5) finished 6-2 for the week. Faith was 4-2 in the Fairhope tourney.

CLAIRE HUTTO, LAWRENCE COUNTY: Totaled 140 assists, 19 kills, 28 digs, five blocks and 19 aces as the Red Devils went 6-2 on the week.
JORDAN BEASON, ALEXANDRIA: The Valley Cubs (14-4) won eight matches during the week over Muscle Shoals, Jacksonville, Arab, Wilson, Shades Valley, Faith Christian, Central-Clay and Cleburne County with Beason earning 63 kills and 40 digs. Teammate Anna Johnson also had 149 assists.
ZHARIA HUBBARD, DORA: Had 37 kills, 10 blocks and 28 digs in two matches for the Bulldogs.
COLTON THOMPSON, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Helped the defending Class 4A state champion Admirals (21-4) win 7 of 8 matches on the week with 84 assists, 30 kills, 20 digs and 24 service aces. Bayside reached the finals of the Fairhope Back-to-School Bash tourney falling to Class 6A Spanish Fort in the championship.
SAVANNAH FREE, DANVILLE: Dished out 215 assists as Danville went 7-3 for the week. She also had 56 digs, 18 kills and 14 aces.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 84 kills and 43 digs as Curry won seven matches, including the Crossroads Invitational tourney championship at Corinth (MS).
HEATHER IRONS, WILSON: Recorded 144 digs as Wilson (16-5) went 5-3. The Warriors were 3-3 in the First Metro Tourney hosted by Muscle Shoals.
GRACE GARRETT, ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL: Had 259 assists as the Wildcats (13-1) won five of six matches in the Back-to-School Bash tourney at Fairhope. St. Luke’s had its 13-match win streak ended by Bayside Academy in the tourney semifinals.
JERIKA GARY, GERALDINE: Had 40 kills, six aces and three blocks to lead the Bulldogs (12-5) to seven wins, including a win over Jacksonville in the finals of Geraldine’s Liberty Bank Invitational tourney.
MARY BETH LONG, G.W. LONG: Totaled 83 kills, 16 blocks, 14 digs and seven aces as the Rebels (8-0) won six matches.
MAGGIE MILLER, DONOHO: Recorded 139 assists, 10 digs and eight aces as the Bulldogs (14-7) won six of seven matches on the way to beating Ohatchee in the finals of the White Plains tourney.

Milestone Wins Captured AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight in Busy Week 2

   MONTGOMERY – Two veteran high school volleyball coaches and another high school team emerged this week in the limelight after posting milestone wins last week in the second week of AHSAA volleyball action.
    Lexington High School volleyball coach Melissa Hammond notched the 1,000th win of her storied career last weekend, and earlier in the week, Enterprise Coach Jamie Wiggins captured the 600th win of her outstanding career. And in the Wiregrass, Houston Academy’s girls’ volleyball team ended more than 14 years of frustration by finally beating arch-rival Providence Christian in a volleyball match played at Dothan.
    All three milestones grab the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight this week.
Hammond and Wiggins are both products of the AHSAA’s outstanding volleyball legacy. Both were outstanding players in high school, and both were able to take that success to the coaching box and are making a big impact in both their coaching careers.
     Hammond, who guided Lexington a 47-7 record in 2018 and a semifinal berth at the AHSAA Elite Eight State Championships at Birmingham, saw her Bears go 3-2 in the West Morgan Invitational last weekend, beating Russellville 23-25, 25-19, 15-9 for the first win in the tourney and for her 1,000th career victory.
    The attention caught her by surprise. “I have not really thought about it. I guess year after year you don’t think about these things, or at least I don’t,” Hammond told the Florence Times Daily. “Year after year you’ve got so many talented girls coming up. That’s what I’ve always been around. That helps.”
     A.G. White had 28 kills and four blocks in the tourney while Lila Beth Turner had 24 kills and seven aces, Lily Hanback contributed 20 kills, eight blocks and six aces, and Macy Hanback had 48 assists.
   Wiggins was a standout at Kinston High School before moving into the coaching ranks, first at her alma mater, before moving to Class 7A Enterprise, watched her Wildcats beat Charles Henderson in a regular-season match 25-18, 25-5, 25-12 for the 600th win over career. Like Hammond, her team has been a regular qualifier for the Elite Eight state tourney. Last year’s team finished 40-8, losing in the quarterfinals.
    Tatiana Bonilla had six aces and 10 digs in the win over the Trojans. Morgan Harrelson also had nine assists and three service aces, and Ali Wiggins recorded nine kills and three aces.
     Houston Academy’s volleyball team, coached by Vanessa Howell, posted the school’s first high school volleyball match win over arch-rival Providence Christian 25-23, 22-25, 15-12. PCA Coach Bill Oldfield, who has built Providence into one of the top programs in Alabama, said he has been coaching the Eagles for 14 years and could not recall a Raiders’ win in the series.
   “It is a long time coming for us,” Howell told the Dothan Eagle. “We have been working for this for a long time. Providence is always such a fantastic team and they play such fantastic defense. We came out so strong right off the bat and our girls played well together. We maximized our strengths today. I really saw all the things we have been working on come together.”
   Oldfield tipped his hat to the Eagles’ Dothan rivals. “I give all the credit in the world to them,” he said. “They played great. They played good defense. They served well and they certainly hit well. HA did a great job. All the kudos in the world to them.”
    Setter Ashton Conner led the Houston Academy effort with 23 assists. Irina Martin had 11 kills and two digs and Mattie Havas had five kills. Martin finished the week with 40 kills in four matches.

Other top performances reported:
Had a tremendous tournament effort with 108 kills, 11 service aces and 17 blocks as the defending Class 5A state champion Lady Vikings (18-2) won nine matches in a row to win the prestigious Choo-Choo Classic tourney at Chattanooga.
GRACE CARR, MOUNTAIN BROOK: Had 80 kills, 82 digs and 10 service aces as the Spartans (14-5) went 7-3 for the week. Teammate Ann Vandevelde handed out 222 assists.
JACI PARKER, REHOBETH: Totaled 20 kills in a 3-2 win over Dothan. The Rebels won the hard-fought match 6-25, 25-12, 25-19, 23-25, 15-10.
KAILA SISK, SARALAND: Managed 18 kills and two aces in one match last week.
KELSEY TANGLE, THOMPSON: Had a big week with 20 aces, 12 kills, 166 assists and 30 digs as the Warriors (14-3) won 8-of-9 matches for the week, including wins over top-ranked Mountain Brook and defending 2A state champion Addison.
SAVANNAH RUTLEDGE, ALBERTVILLE: Led the Aggies (11-0) to nine match wins, including a victory over Buckhorn in the finals of the Albertville Invitational. She finished with 103 assist, 31 kills, 15 blocks, 18 digs and 10 aces.
AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Had 85 kills, 47 digs and 21 aces as the Eagles (9-1) won the Mayor’s Cup tourney at Montgomery.
RYA McKINNON, HOOVER: Helped the Lady Bucs (10-3) reach the championship match of the Volley in the Ville tourney at Knoxville (TN) with 92 kills and 21 aces during Hoover’s 8-1 week.
AVERY RODGERS, SPANISH FORT: Totaled 80 kills, 34 digs and six blocks as the Toros (11-4) went 5-3 on the week.
EMILY BUHL, BAYSIDE ACADEMY: Posted 71 kills, 59 digs and five aces to lead the Admirals to the semifinals of the Ironman Tourney in Huntsville.
GRAYSON EVANS, CURRY: Had 117 kills, 14 blocks and 52 digs as Curry (13-4) won 10 of 13 matches played. The Yellow Jackets were 6-3 in the Choo-Choo Classic tourney at Chattanooga (TN).
ANN MARGARET KEENER, CENTRAL-FLORENCE: In 11 matches, she had 217 assists, 90 digs and 20 aces for the Wildcats (8-10).
MOLLY REYNOLDS, WESTMINSTER-OAK MOUNTAIN: Totaled 15 kills and 15 blocks as the Knights won the Lincoln Invitational tourney.
FAITH PETERS, KINSTON: Recorded 12 kills and six blocks as the Bulldogs (7-1) posted wins over 4A Andalusia and 2A Zion Chapel.
LOGAN HORNE, BREWBAKER TECH: Had 53 kills, 33 digs and 14 service aces in nine matches for Brewbaker.


Mountain Brook Claims Juanita Boddie Tourney for the First Time in School History

AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight

    MONTGOMERY – The Mountain Brook Spartans beat top-seeded Briarcrest Christian (TN) in the championship match of the season-opening 37th annual Juanita Boddie Invitational volleyball tournament at Hoover last weekend to claim the AHSAA Volleyball Spotlight for Week 1 of the 2019 prep season.
    The Lady Spartans (7-2), Class 7A state champs in 2014, 2015 and 2016, won the Boddie Tourney for the first time in school history with the 17-25, 25-16, 15-13 victory over Briarcrest. Mountain Brook finished 7-1 in the tourney held at the Hoover Finley Center.
    Senior Grace Carr paced Coach Vickie Nichols’ team with 74 kills, 81 digs, five blocks and eight service aces in the tourney. Teammates Greer Golden and Ann Vandevelde also played key roles. Golden had 38 kills and eight blocks and Vandevelde, the setter, had 194 assists and 55 digs.
      Other top performances reported include:

HALEY PALMER, McGILL-TOOLEN CATHOLIC: Helped the Dirty Dozen beat Mountain Brook in a regular-season match to open the season and also sparked McGill-Toolen to a 5-1 record in the Juanita Boddie Tourney. She finished the tourney with 35 kills, 37 digs, six blocks and six aces.
JUANITA MONTERIRO-PAI, BOB JONES: Recorded 48 kills, 31 digs, seven blocks and seven service aces to lead the Patriots to a 5-2 record in the first weekend of action.
AMBER ASKEW, GRISSOM: Managed 133 assists, nine aces and 35 digs in nine matches for the Tigers (6-3).

ZOE LaBRECHE, CHELSEA: Had 60 kills, 40 digs and 12 service aces to lead the Hornets (8-0) to the championship of the Barry Walker Serve-Off season-opening tourney held at Briarwood.
GRACIE LYNN BUTLER, HAZEL GREEN: Led the Trojans (6-1) with 61 kills, four aces and five blocks in a regular-season win over Addison and in six matches at the Boddie Tourney.
GRACE LEIGHTON, HARTSELLE: Had 40 assists, five digs and three aces in matches versus Addison and Hazel Green.

ALEX OLIVER, JASPER: Keyed the defending Class 5A state champs’ strong bid in the Juanita Boddie Tourney that resulted in five wins before a semifinal loss to Briarcrest (TN). She had 74 kills, eight aces, eight blocks and 47 assists.
BRINKLEY HEARN, FAITH ACADEMY: Totaled 85 assists, 40 kills and 37 digs as the Rams finished 6-1 on the week.
BLISS BROWN, SOUTHSIDE-GADSDEN: Totaled 112 assists in five matches for Southside.
ZHARIA HUBBARD, DORA: Had 84 kills, 58 digs and 19 blocks in five matches FOR the Bulldogs.


AUTUMN MAYES, PROVIDENCE CHRISTIAN: Registered 32 kills and 22 digs in a season-opening win over Class 7A Enterprise.
KALLIE BURDEN, DESHLER: Had 24 kills in a pair of wins over Muscle Shoals and Cherokee.
CAMERON LOVELL, BROOKS: Led Lions with 22 kills, 5 aces and 18 digs in wins over Lauderdale County and Waterloo.
HOLLEE MASON, PRICEVILLE: Totaled 152 assists as Priceville won six of seven matches to reach the semifinals of the Brewer Invitational.



MILLIE STEVENSON, MONTGOMERY ACADEMY: The setter had 29 assists as the defending Class 3A state champs opened the season with a victory over Class 5A state runner-up Saint James.
SAM NORRIS, CARBON HILL: Recorded 68 kills, 49 digs and 18 service aces as the Bulldogs (6-1) won their own invitational tourney. Carbon Hill opened the tourney with a loss to Dots, then won five straight matches to win the championship.
ENLEY CARNLEY, OPP: Managed 29 kills, seven aces, four blocks and 52 digs to lead the Bobcats (5-0) to the championship of the Amelia Rhoades Set-Off Tourney at Kinston.
ASHLEY CONNER, HOUSTON ACADEMY: Totaled 120 assists, 13 kills and 12 aces in six matches.


JULIANNE WILSON, CEDAR BLUFF: Led the Tigers (7-0) to seven straight wins at the Faith Christian Invitational with 77 kills, 38 digs and 11 aces. She had 96 kills for the week.


MEGAN ROE, SWEET WATER: Had 42 kills, 11 aces and seven blocks in six wins as the Bulldogs won the Thomasville Tournament.

MADELYN DIZON, LINDSAY LANE: Led her team to the championships of the Brooks Serve-Off Tourney recording 64 assists and 18 kills.
SARA BETH LONG, KINSTON: Had 40 service points and 70 assists as the Bulldogs reached the finals of their own invitational tourney.


South All-Stars Beat the North 3-0 in the 23rd AHSAA All-Star Sports Week North-South Volleyball All-Star Match

    MONTGOMERY – The South beat the North 3-0 at the Cramton Bowl Multiplex Thursday afternoon to win the 23rd AHSAA North-South Volleyball All-Star competition held annually during All-Star Sports Week.
    Chelsea High School rising senior Victoria Schmer turned in an exception performance with 19 digs and five assists to lead the South to the 25-17, 25-23, 25-28 win. She earned South MVP honors with her performance.
    Avery Rodgers of Spanish Fort and Haley Palmer of McGill-Toolen Catholic had nine kills each and Kayla Keshock of Spanish Fort handed out 18 assists. Ali Wiggins of Enterprise also had 15. Coaches for the South were  Wiggins’ mother Janie Wiggins of Enterprise, Manuel Guice of Alabama Christian and Virginia Franklin of Carver-Montgomery, who served as administrative coach.
    The North, which now holds a 14-8 edge in the series, was anchored by McKinley Ferguson of Jasper, who turned in 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 assists. Jasmine Brooks of Sparkman added nine kills, Catherine Smith of Hazel Green had 13 assists, Brooks and Grace Carr of Mountain Brook had seven digs each. Brooks and Smith also had two service aces.
    North coaches were April Marsh of Bob Jones, Justin Kisor of Faith Christian and Sue Marshall of Randolph, the administrative coach. 
    The all-star competition closes out Thursday night with the 60th annual North-South All-Star Football Classic closes out the all-star competition at 7 p.m. at Cramton Bowl.
     The Central-Phenix City NFHS Network School Broadcast Program is producing the NFHS Network’s livestreaming under the direction of Tom Loreman. The AHSAA Radio Network is also broadcasting the game over its statewide network. Stacy Mills is producer.
BANQUETS SET FOR FRIDAY:   The AHSAA Sportsmanship Luncheon Friday at noon at the Renaissance will honor 99 high schools that completed the 2018-19 school year without an ejection or sportsmanship-related fine. Eight schools, one from each district, will receive the AHSAA Sportsmanship $1,000 Grant for their exemplary commitment to good sportsmanship.
    The AHSAA Championship Coaches Awards Banquet will be Friday night at the Renaissance at 6 p.m. All 2018-19 state championship coaches are being recognized as well as seven individuals who will are receiving the AHSAA Making a Difference Award. Those individuals include:  principal John Hardin of Hackleburg High School (1A); volleyball and basketball coach Lisa Bates of Sand Rock (2A); principal Willie Wright of Pike County (3A); softball coach Chris Goodman, Alabama Christian (4A); football coach Rush Holcomb, Hamilton High School (5A); radio personality D. Mark Mitchell of Opelika (6A); and Jefferson County Schools Athletic Director Ken Storie (7A).
    The AHSAA Officials’ Awards luncheon will close out the week Saturday at the Renaissance at 11:30 a.m.


2019 North-South All-Star Results
Football (at Cramton Bowl, July 18)

60th North-South Game, 7 p.m. (South leads series 30-27-2)
Golf (July 18)
North 58.5, South 55.5 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 63.5, South 50.5 (North leads series 1-0)
Tennis (July 18)
North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Boys: North 8, South 1 (North leads series 1-0)
Volleyball, July 18
South 3, North 0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-18) – (North leads series 14-8)
Game 1: South 6, North 2 (North leads series 25-22-3)
Game 2: South 5, North 4
Girls: South 3, North 1 (North leads series 15-3-1)
Boys: North 3, South 0, (North leads series s 12-4-1)
Girls’ Basketball
North 65, South 56 (North leads series 20-3)
Boys’ Basketball
South 88, North 75 (North leads series 48-29)
South 16-18, North 7-16 (North leads series 23-14-1)
Cross Country
South Girls 19, North Girls 36 (South leads series 2-1)
North Boys 27, South Boys 28 (North leads series 2-1)

2019-20 High School Volleyball Rules Changes Impact Uniforms, Prematch Protocol






2019-20 High School Volleyball Rules Changes

Impact Uniforms, Prematch Protocol

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                         Contact: Lindsey Atkinson

INDIANAPOLIS, IN (February 1, 2019) — An overhaul of uniform-related rules and an adjustment to team roster submissions were among the most notable rules changes identified for the 2019-20 high school volleyball season.

All rules changes were recommended by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Volleyball Rules Committee at its January 6-8 meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently approved by the NFHS Board of Directors.

“The sport of volleyball continues to be in a really good place,” said Lindsey Atkinson, NFHS director of sports and liaison to the Volleyball Rules Committee. “The rules committee focused its changes this year on improving the administration of the match by taking into account the feedback it received via the 2018 NFHS Volleyball Rules Questionnaire.”

The changes in uniform rules are a part of Rule 4-2, which reorganizes the uniform rule to improve understanding and eliminate solid-colored uniform requirements.

Rule 4-2-1, which permits teammates to wear like-colored uniform pieces, was expanded to include all uniforms and involves nine guidelines.

Rule 4-2-1a states that all uniform tops (with the exception of the libero, as noted in Rule 4-2-2) and bottoms shall be like-colored. Rule 4-2-1e permits the top and/or bottom of all uniforms to include the school’s name, nickname, logo, mascot and/or team member’s name. In doing so, a single mascot reference and/or school name may be placed on the sleeve(s), and shall not exceed either 4 inches by 4 inches or 3 inches by 5 inches.

“The rules committee was very deliberate and measured in their language choices to ensure that all currently compliant libero and team uniforms will be compliant under the new rule,” Atkinson said. “The committee believes that this new rule will, in fact, be easier to apply and require less policing by both officials and state associations.”

In Rule 4-2-2, the libero’s uniform must clearly contrast from the predominant color(s) of the team uniform top, excluding trim. The libero’s uniform top cannot be made up solely of the same predominant color(s) of the team’s uniform top, even if the like color(s) are placed differently on the uniform top. Furthermore, numbers shall meet all specifications in Rule 4-2-4, which removes the option for players to wear No. 00 to eliminate confusion surrounding the signaling of the number.

Beginning July 1, 2023, a plain, Arabic numeral of a solid, clearly contrasting color from the body of the uniform will be required. The change eliminates the use of a border to create the number contrast, therefore, allowing officials and scorers to easily identify uniforms numbers while aligning the rule with that of other rules codes.

In dealing with the submission of team rosters, sections of Rules 5-7 were modified to eliminate warmup interruptions by officials requesting rosters with 10 minutes remaining on the warmup clock. The change creates a smoother warmup process for coaches, players and officials.

Rules 5-5-1b, 5-6-1b and 7-1-1a clarified the specific duties of the second referee, official scorer and coach during the prematch setting. Before the match, the second referee shall assist the first referee by collecting each team roster during the timed prematch conference and supervise the placement of the officials’ table and team benches.

As part of Rule 5-6-1b, the official scorer shall now also receive each team’s roster from the second referee at the conclusion of the prematch conference. In Rule 7-1-1a, a coach from each team shall submit in writing to the second referee an accurate roster with names and uniform numbers of all players during the timed prematch conference. Roster changes may be made until 10 minutes remain on the pregame clock.

“The logistical change of when, and to whom, the roster shall be submitted was again the result of questionnaire feedback,” Atkinson said. “In an effort to improve the flow of the prematch requirements, the committee felt that the submission of the roster as a part of the prematch conference, with the ability to make changes until 10 minutes remaining on the clock, allowed for a more efficient process and alleviated the scorer of the responsibility to collect team rosters.”

The committee made additional changes that impact officials, including aligning rules regarding the treatment by officials of a ball striking either the cables and/or the diagonal poles used to retract ceiling-suspended net systems. This change in Rules 2-3j, 2-4-1e and 2-4 PENALTY 3 treats cables and diagonal poles as restricted play at which time officials must determine if the ball was playable. The committee’s change to Rule 5-9-2 NOTE places the line judge in a more appropriate position to watch for foot contact with the end line, as well as allowing him or her to quickly transition back into position for a view of the sideline.

The final change involved the removal of Rule 8-2-6d and adoption of new Rule 8-2-5g, which establishes that a serve is illegal, and the ball remains dead, if the server tosses the ball for serve and the ball touches any part of a backboard or its supports hanging in a vertical position over the serving area and not a service fault.

A complete listing of the volleyball rules changes will be available on the NFHS website at Click on “Activities & Sports” at the top of the home page and select “Volleyball.”

According to the 2017-18 NFHS High School Athletics Participation Survey, volleyball is the second-most popular sports for girls (trailing track and field) with 446,583 participants in 16,434 schools nationwide. In addition, there are 60,976 boys participating in the sport at 2,472 schools, and 24 states conduct state championships in boys volleyball.


This press release was written by Cody Porter, a graphic arts/communications assistant in the NFHS Publications/Communications Department.



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